CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - The ROC Center is now lending a helping hand to businesses after weeks of assisting the public following the derecho.
"ROC" stands for "Renewing Our City" and that's exactly what the staff at the ROC Center plans to do.
After holding numerous food pantries, the community center is now welcoming in businesses who may have been forced to move due to storm damage.
The Bridge Haven Pregnancy Support Center has had the opportunity to continue their business from inside the ROC Center.
"The partnership with the ROC Center has been just a wonderful blessing to work with. Their goal is to really serve this area of the town, this community, with a variety of different resources," said Bridge Haven Executive Director Chelsey McDill.
Another group that has utilized the space was Mercy Chefs. The organization used the ROC's kitchen and space to help give out more than 80 thousand meals.
Executive Director of the ROC Center Steve Wilson says that just because Bridge Haven is catering to their clients from the building, doesn't mean the ROC won't stop serving the general public.
"We're fortunate and glad that we could be in a position to be able to help other organizations in the community serve," said Wilson.
The community center still plans on handing out free meals to the public in the coming days. Meals will be given out at the ROC Center located at 1202 12 St. SE, Cedar Rapids:
- Friday August 28: 5:30pm-7:30pm
- Saturday August 28: 11:30am-1pm
- Monday August 31: 5:30pm-7:30pm
The ROC Center is accepting any and all donations and if the center doesn't need something that was donated, they will find a place that does.